Not a bad month, very changeable but some interesting highlights, some seen, some missed (flippin Hoopoes !). Now if only the weather would settle down it could be an excellent May to look forward to.
Slow worm on the coast path to Old Harry.
Redstart at Morden Bog.
Ring-necked parakeet at Studland bay.
Fulmar hanging in the wind off Old Harry.
Stonechat on Hartland Moor.
Gadwall at Radipole.
No sign of the Hoopoe reported on Sunday at Lodmoor, in fact no sign of anything at Lodmoor, the birds had flown. Meanwhile at Radipole a pair of Garganey were looking very settled as they dozed in the sun.
There has been a surge of Common Sandpipers migrating through this week. I disturbed this one while photographing the Mediterranean gulls, despite its alarmed piping it soon settled down again.
A favoured gathering spot for the gulls and one where their distinctive call makes them easy to locate. Today a small group of adults and juveniles were poking about in the rock pools.
Flinging itself effortlessly through the sky, this Peregrine put on an impressive show of aerobatics against a backdrop of the sea off Old Harry.